'Drunken Chicken' - Weird Toronto Presentation!
My family and I tried out a relatively new Shanghainese restaurant by the name 'Good Tasting Shanghainese' in Commerce Gate, Richmond Hill, today. The food was good by TO standard but nothing really stands out. Except for the way the 'Drunken chicken' was presented!! We ordered it because the menu actually specifies the use of free range chicken for the dish. A rare sight indeed! Now, unlike the normal way of presenting the cut-up chicken in a shallow plate. To our surprise, the dish actually came in a deep sided bowl with the cut-up chicken fully immersed in a Shao Xing wine chicken broth! Looked more like a chicken soup than an appertizer!
I have eaten this dish numerous times all over the world. This is the first time I've seen it presented this way. A bit of wine accompanyment, yes, but not a whole bowl of soup?!! Has any fellow chowhounder experienced similar presentation elsewhere? Anywhere?! In China may be?
I was wondering. Being a very popular appertizer, if, on a busy night a number of tables order the same dish, the kitchen would need a bath-tub to hold the quantity of chicken and wine broth!! Ha! I was wondering whether this is their 'short-cut' way of avoiding 'marinating' the cooked chicken in the wine to get the desired taste effect. I'm also concerned whether they actually 're-cycle' the broth by pouring the unconsumed remain back into the main pot?! In this age of the 'swine flu', its a definite No! No!